Australian Homes

Timoli Mustica and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 11th May 2011

The Prahan home of Timoli Mustica and family!  Painting over sofa by by Suzanna Lang, purchased at Thierry B Gallery for Steve’s 35th birthday.  Sofa from Jardan. Gorgeous custom rug by Loom Rugs (wider pics below), timber coffee table and eggcup stools by Mark Tuckey.  Marimekko tea set available from Safari Living.

Art history – Part 1’ print over the desk, given to Steve by Timoli for his birthday last December.  Rug by Loom Rugs.

Shooting Australian homes every week really is doing nothing for my self esteem.  There are just SO MANY gorgeous homes out there – and a never-ending list of house proud locals with seriously excellent taste!  It is endlessly envy-inducing.  In a good way!

Today’s picture-perfect family home is no exception!  Timoli and Steve Mustica bought their gorgeous 3-bedroom house in Prahran in 2003, and were very lucky not to have to do very much at all after moving in.  The house had already been renovated – so other than painting, doing some work on the timber floors and landscaping in the garden, the home has remained largely unchanged.  Timoli’s incredible eye for detail has not been wasted though – she has a passion for art and interior design… so it’s no surprise this home is perfectly furnished, featuring artwork by talented friends and custom furnishings from many local favourites including Jardan, Loom Rugs and Mark Tuckey.

I must ADMIT also that I could not help but include a couple of shots of Timoli’s OUTRAGEOUSLY cute kids Milla (3.5yrs) and Inez (2 yrs).  Firstly, they were kind of hard to avoid, sneaking their way into almost every photo(!)… and secondly – they really are the two sweetest kids I think I’ve ever met!  SO clever and chatty and funny.  My visit was peppered with hysterical laughter as Milla changed her name to ‘Justine Clarke’ midway through the afternoon and refused to respond to her usual name.  Brilliant.

When she’s not chasing after her two gorgeous kids, Timoli works with her sister Jess Nixon – together they run Okologi, a Melbourne-based interior design firm with a focus on beautiful sustainable interiors.  You may REMEMBER Jess because last year I featured her GORGEOUS little boathouse in Fairfield – one of our most popular Australian Homes ever!   What a talented pair!   If you’re after any interior design / bespoke furniture sourcing / styling services I highly recommend Okologi – Jess and Timoli do such a beautiful job.

Art history – Part 1’ print over the desk, given to Steve by Timoli for his birthday last December.   ‘Beautiful Steve is an amazing dentist’ she says, ‘…but he seems to have missed a lifetime’s worth of art history – clearly not a subject available at dental school…. so when I saw this print at Third Drawer Down, I knew it was perfect for him.  We often sit eating dinner, discussing  it!’  Rug by Loom Rugs.

Painting over sofa by by Suzanna Lang, purchased at Thierry B Gallery.  Sofa from Jardan. Gorgeous custom rug by Loom Rugs, timber coffee table and eggcup stools by Mark Tuckey.  Marimekko tea set available from Safari Living.

Barney Campbell painting in the kitchen – purchased for Timoli by Steve on her 28th birthday.  Aww.

Dining details
CUTE Milla in the hallway. OH so cute.  Pink abstract painting by Timoli’s friend Thierry B. – a swap!  ‘He is such a generous man’ says Timoli, ‘I love his dreamscapes’.   Milla claims this one as hers – as ‘it’s purple’!  OH and another Loom Rug – of course!

Details from ‘baby Inez’ room!  Love the painting by Miranda Skoczek (detail top right), commissioned for Inez’ 1st birthday.  ‘Inez loves her painting’ says Timoli, ‘soon after she first started speaking she has been proudly saying – “Inez’ painting…!” – so cute!

Details from Milla’s beautiful bedroom.  Another Third Drawer Down framed print (top right) Marchal poster (you can only see an edge here I’m afraid!).  The David Band print above the mantelpiece was a gift for Milla’s 3rd birthday.

Master bedroom – featuring one of those stunning new quilts by David Bromley!  Another Suzanna Lang painting above the bed, purchased from Thierry B Gallery.

Beautiful bedroom details – small painting top left by Minnie Pwerle, landscape painting above sideboard (right) by one of Steve’s patients, Ian Varney, purchased 7 years ago. Yellow painting (detail bottom left) by Suzanna Lang.
Entrance hall details – LOVE those Muuto ‘The Dots’ coat hooks from Great Dane Furniture!

OMIGOD.  I told you. So cute! (Inez on the left, Milla on the right).

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 11th May 2011


  • April 5 years ago

    So colorful and well-put together, but also has that lived-in look. Great inspiration for our tiny house!

  • Moira 5 years ago

    Fab paintings and rugs – comfortable and interesting. Love how all the interesting pieces make it home.

  • lucy 5 years ago

    beautiful artworks everywhere

  • Bec 5 years ago

    i think this is one of my favourites, i love all the art and those sweet little girls are just about scrumptious!

  • dayle 5 years ago

    looks like a beautiful home…love the bedroom shot with the fabulous bed cover, great art + bison…all gorgeous. dayle

  • cassie 5 years ago

    so cute, super fab paintings throughout, such great attention to detail

  • captain kk 5 years ago

    OHMYGOD is right! that’s exactly what i kept saying as i scrolled down through the photos. i love everything. EVERYTHING!

  • Penny 5 years ago

    love the art. Looks like a warm family home.

  • Allison Taylor 5 years ago

    Love the greens and yellow and greys. Perfect melding of colours in all these shots … very warm and inviting family HOME.

  • Tracy 5 years ago

    This is one of the best homes you have featured. I am glad to see there is someone other than me who buys art for children and husband’s birthdays.

  • Margo Carlon 5 years ago

    aaahhh Lucy I new there was a good feeling in the air this morning. David Bromley, Minnie Pwerle and beautiful design features delivered to my door, and what a wonderful sight ,children at their best, being themselves in their own surroundings oblivious to the adult design world, yet look, they belong in that photo.
    Cheers Margo

  • okologi 5 years ago

    how lucky am i to have such a talented little sister (and business partner!)…you rock my world xxxx

  • Siobhan C 5 years ago

    That art collection!

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    Love the use of colour! Stunning artwork everywhere, absolutely LOVE IT!

  • Luci 5 years ago

    Wow! Steven is my family dentist and he is FABULOUS!! His dental surgery is just as lovely as his gorgeous home – I always marvel at his decor when I am there (compared to what you normally see) and now I know why it is so stylish! If anyone is looking for a great dentist, particularly for kids, give him a try. He’s in Park Street, South Melbourne.

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Simply gorgeous family home. Lots of rich colours and textures that I love. The artwork is showstopping!

  • Diane 5 years ago

    Ooh, I love this home! And I want that light shade!

  • Melanie 5 years ago

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE IT ALL! Stunning, comfy,family home.. LOVE your work girls! All the best.
    Will call you when I need help with my home…

  • Gaz 5 years ago

    i want a david bromley quilt now daddy! veruca

  • The Beautiful Soup 5 years ago

    what a gorgeous home, so perfectly put together. super stylish, but family friendly. drooling over the artwork

  • Grace Dlabik 5 years ago

    I absolutely adore this home! Definitly the best one I have seen. The use of natural timbers, rugs and colourful contemporary artwork creates a warm and inviting home. Perfect combination for a family home. I will use Okologi for my home!

  • Mary Anne 5 years ago

    This is my dream home!! Major home envy !! Why isnt this home in INSIDE OUT ? or will it be??? Thanks for this fantastic home tour!

  • linda from OEKE 5 years ago

    that was the best house tour ever.
    loved every single bit of it.
    the art. the light. the quilt is too too much.
    such beautiful photography always makes it moreso.

    thankyou for a great home

  • MelbourneGirl 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous, but I can’t help but be alienated by the amount of money that goes into these kind of houses. It feels like beautiful interiors = buckets and buckets of money. Is it just me?

  • julie 5 years ago

    Beautiful home, I love it all. Makes me realise we need more art in our home. Slowly, slowly.

  • Dyllon 5 years ago

    Amazing Home Timoli, you and your sister are so increadibly talented xo Dyl

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Love the dining table any ideas where it is from?

  • Valerio 3 years ago

    Gosh, can we just swap houses? You have done so well with this one, it looks a million bucks yet not like I’m not allowed to touch anything (should I be lucky enough to be invited over for a visit). I can’t even begin to pin down all the things that I love here, but I’ll list a few off the top of my head lol.

    Love the art history print – where can I get myself one of those? Love the Suzanna Lang painting, it’s beautiful. Love the purple touches in Inez’s room – girly enough whilst being able to grow with her. Love the bedspread/whole bed in Milla’s room – not your typical girly choices.

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